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Release: April 25, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

'DIGITAL WORLDS' TO BE SHOWN -- Digital Worlds, a new program at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will have a screening of student works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Arts Iowa City Gallery, 129. E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The screening will be free and open to the public.

Begun in 1998 by New York media artist Ebon Fisher, Digital Worlds is in its second year. According to Fisher, "Digital Worlds is one of the first programs of its kind to emphasize the imaginative and poetic possibilities of virtual reality."

In the Digital Worlds program, students are encouraged to synthesize all the arts into whole digital realms, known variously as webworlds, virtual reality and experimental games. Working largely with Macintosh G3 computers and digital video systems, students have the opportunity to explore an array of 2D, 3D and interactive software.

The May 6 event will feature the screening of 40 student "worlds." These will range from interactive 3D animations to web worlds, and from beginning to advanced creations.

Fisher received a bachelor's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master's degree in Visual Studies from MIT. He began teaching media at MIT's Media Lab in 1985 and spent the last 10 years developing a series of "media rituals." These rituals explored information pathways between humans and media technology in the context of local community meetings and events.

Fisher's works have been shown in numerous museums, galleries, nightclubs, web magazines and on Japanese television. In an ongoing project, his "The Bionic Codes" are presented through the Guggenheim Museum web site. Fisher's work has been discussed in Wired Magazine, Newsweek, Flash Art, ArtByte, the Drama Review, and appeared in The Wall Street Journal. He is currently incubating a digital world of his own called "The OlulO Dimension" and developing a cultural theory he calls "Wigglism."

For further information on "Digital Worlds" and the May 6 screening, contact Digital Worlds at (319) 335-1224, or Ebon Fisher at (319) 351-8749, or you may learn more about Digital Worlds at the programs web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~art/digital.worlds/index.html.